360° Blue has been thoroughly trashed by reviewers on both Basenotes and Fragrantica, who call it synthetic and cheap smelling. I say bullshit. It may not be the most original fragrance in the world, since it smells a lot like Drakkar Noir, but it smells incredible. I assume the haters are those who don't like Drakkar Noir or powerhouse fragrances. I have a hard time imagining anyone who loves aromatic fougeres thinking this is a lousy fragrance.
prefer to call 360° Blue a "Drakkar-inspired" scent, rather than a
Drakkar clone. The similarities between
the two are obvious, but Blue has its own qualities that set it apart from
Drakkar Noir. Whereas Drakkar is thick,
heavy and loaded with leather, Blue is drier, more transparent, greener
smelling, and has no leather notes. And
it's even more aromatic than Drakkar Noir, believe it or not; I can really smell the patchouli and incense
loud and clear in 360° Blue, whereas in Drakkar they're more blended into the
whole thick stew.
wrote in an earlier review that Perry Ellis' 360° fragrance line seems to be a
knockoff series that improves on the originals. Blue doesn't smell better than Drakkar Noir, but I think it
addresses what a lot of people felt were Drakkar's biggest flaws - its
overpowering strength and lack of transparency.
Drakkar Noir is perfect as is, but some people will find Blue to be an improvement
because it's a little less brutal.
Actually, the lack of leather in Blue brings out the herbal, aromatic
qualities more, and as a result it smells even more old school than Drakkar
Noir, if you can imagine that. Blue
reminds me a bit of old classics like Brut and Ho Hang. I don't find it synthetic smelling at all,
during any stage of its development.
because there's no leather, don't think for a second that Blue is watered
down. This is not a wimpy fragrance at
all. This is strong, ultra-macho stuff,
just like Drakkar Noir is. The sprayer
on the bottle shoots out little dinky sprays, so all you powerhouse freaks will need to spray on more
than you would with most atomizers if you want to smell like a porn star.
totally love 360° Blue, enough to buy backup bottles of it.
Fragrance House: Perry Ellis